Prison severely impairs an incarcerated individual’s ability to maintain contact with the social world outside. Not only is it difficult for us to contact or visit incarcerated individuals, it is even more difficult for them to reach out.Few can bridge that chasm, but two who persevered and built a connection have contacted us. Through the support of loving family members these two incarcerated individuals have managed to project their voices to reach outside the prison walls, offering insight into the day-to-day life in prison, and it’s affect on the character of an incarcerated individual.
Those of us involved in the system — whether directly through activism or indirectly by being incarcerated or connected to someone who is — can significantly strengthen the anti-mass incarceration movement by engaging each other more as the community we are. Because we lack the financial resources and popularity of other movements, our success depends more on collaboration. Yet, many of us are so un/misinformed about what’s being done — what works and what doesn’t — in pursuit of our goals. Those in The System and those outside working to fix it should know about and, more importantly, have access to all other related efforts — movements within the movement — as well as remain informed of the struggles, conditions, and achievements of people within in The System. The Community aims to address this info/access gap by facilitating a more informed and connected community.
We are committed to honest, fair, professional-quality reporting. Each issue will contain a mix of content for incarcerated individuals, those outside involved in the anti-mass incarceration movement, and anyone sympathetic to it. We will actively pursue news from each state facility and each corner of the movement (re-entry, parole reform, solitary confinement, etc.).
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Our Voice Matters
Steven Stone is currently incarcerated in USP Allenwood, Pennsylvania. He has vowed to make the most out of his incarceration by making a difference in the lives of others. He has taken on the responsibility of leadership working with others to create welcoming, proposal and mediation committees that will enable staff and the incarcerated to work together toward effective ends.
The goals of my blog are to bring awareness to our communities about the struggles and successes of incarcerated human beings. I would like to create a dialogue with members in society on issues that concern them and show them that incarcerated people can change for the better. I also want to give human beings inside an outlet to share their stories and theories with the public. I believe with one step at a time and working together we can make a difference in lives. I look forward to any of your comments. -Steven Leroy Stone
Read his blog Our Voice Matters online: http://ourvoicemattersstevenstone.blogspot.com
Eric is currently incarcerated in Amarillo, Texas, serving a 50 year sentence.
He is a former boat builder,
physiotherapist, commercial diver, and chef. He is also a student of history, philosophy, theology, and theoretical physics. He is an avid nature and animal lover.
Read his blog Saints Inside: http://saintsinside.blogspot.com/
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Straight From The Pen
Get it uncut, uncensored, and in true form: This comes straight from the pen, literally and figuratively; words that escape the thick walls, bars and fences, lined with rows of sharp and shiny razor wire, designed to slice and dig deep into the flesh of anyone who dares to cross the guard line to venture into the real world, beyond the horizon but difficult to reach.
Welcome to life inside the American federal prison system. I will express my views from an open, honest, and straightforward perspective, with words that flow straight from the pen on diverse topics and issues that concerns the human experience.
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